The Quays Newry
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The Quays Newry is a major retail and leisure centre situated in Newry, County Down and is one of Northern Ireland's top shopping destinations with its anchor tenants being Sainsbury's, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. The centre also contains a 10 screen Omniplex cinema and has over 1,000 car parking spaces.
The Quays exterior
|Location||Newry, County Down,|
|Opening date||October 1998|
|No. of stores and services||55|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
The Sainsbury's store opened in October 1998, while the rest of the centre opened in 1999. The Quays was constructed on the site of the old coal yards which served the Albert Basin. An old warehouse, which was part of these yards was incorporated into the centre and is now used as office and retail space.
The centre has experienced shoppers from the Republic of Ireland, who cross the border to Newry to buy cheaper goods due to difference in currency. This remarkable increase in cross-border trade has become so widespread that it has lent its name to a general phenomenon known as the Newry effect.
- "North meets South over the shop counters at the Quays". The Irish Times. 24 March 1999.
- "Debenhams' proposed Newry branch will create 230 jobs". 5 December 2002.
- "M&S opens new Newry store". The Irish News. 2 February 2018.
- "Cross-border shopping can keep the euro in your pocket". Irish Independent. 30 November 2008.